Today, I baked SusanFNP's Currant, Fennel and Pine nut levain, Pain de Campagne from Daniel Leader's "Local Breads" and another batch of proth5's baguettes (with cold retardation).
David, those loaves are gorgeous! I love the ears on the baguettes. What do you use to slash your loaves?
Could you describe the flavor of the current, fennel and pinenut levain?
Thanks for the treat--It makes me hungry just to look at the photo!
I use a Matfer lame for baguettes and a Pure Kamichi (sp?) tomato knife for the boules.
I'll try the fennel and nut bread this weekend; it sounds like a great snacking bread... I am envious of the look of your baguettes; I will have to do more designed experimentation to identify the right conditions for my home oven. I have almost given up, but seeing your results have given me some hope.
I gather you still live in the Bay area? I wonder if you or anyone with the fortune to live in one of the most beautiful places on this planet can tell me what bread I had from Tartine. I was given a half loaf of what must have been a pretty large boule. The crust was a lovely dark color, the crumb was very open and glossy. There was no hint of any exotic flours used; it had a moderate sourdough flavor. It reminded me of the miche that I saw in steve's (breadcetera) site. It would give me a great boost in confidence to be able to bake something close to it.
I don't live in the Bay Area, actually. I'm 180 miles from SF.
I have eaten at Tartine, but I can't help you with the specific bread about which you asked. Sorry.
WOW...I lost a day somewhere...you have been very busy in the kitchen...all your loaves are beautiful!
What a coincidence! I feel like I "lost a day," too, but I know where - in the kitchen, baking those breads!
Well ... I really can't say the day was "lost." :-)
Your loaves are beautiful again. And your photography is also wonderful - focus, lighting, depth of field.
The camera (Canon SD990 IS) and Photoshop Essentials ver. 2 deserve much of the credit for the photos. I'll humbly accept credit for the breads. :-)
You can't give Photoshop Essentials credit for focus, lighting, and depth of field. Even if you used the camera as a point-and-shoot, you did a great job. Point-and-shoot doesn't mean easy-great-photos.
I'll admit to being a really good pointer, and I am a virtuoso button pusher, without a doubt. ;-)